December 2008 | Katmai Special
Editor’s Creel 8
Alaska Traveler 12
Fishing for a Compliment 16
Haugen’s Tackle Tech 22
Richey’s Salmon Sense 24
Advertiser Index 78
Fish Alaska Recipe 80
Final Drift 82
Fish Alaska Special
by Troy Letherman 44
A place of superlatives, discovery, and excitement. The Katmai region of Alaska defies description, but Fish Alaska editor Troy Letherman does one bang-up job of exploring this wonderland of adventure.
Enchanted Lake Lodge
by Melissa Norris
Publisher Melissa Norris takes one for the “Trout Wall” at the Fish Alaska office while on this trek to the luxurious Enchanted Lake Lodge.
Fish Alaska All Tackle: Alaska’s Best Salmon Lure
by Dave Vedder
The research was tough, but someone had to do it. Dave Vedder fishes the Alagnak River to compare catch rates for jigs, spinners, flies and spoons in this Fish Alaska exclusive.
by Josiah Darr
The lower Alagnak River meanders to Bristol Bay through gravel bars, small lodges and old fish camps. But it’s not the scenery that draws fishermen back year after year. It’s the king salmon that lie beneath. Join Josiah Darr for a glimpse of this angler’s dream.
Fish Alaska Travel: Katmai Country
by Barry and Cathy Beck
Barry and Cathy Beck spend each year traveling to and photographing some of the most beautiful places in the world. Here they’ve captured the heart of Katmai in all its wonderous forms. Text by editor Troy Letherman.
American Creek Float
by JD Richey
A rollercoaster ride on high water leads JD Richey to fish with a unique brand of gusto. Join him for rainbows that leap eye-high and Dollies so fiesty they call them “mini-kings.”
Postcards from Katmai
by Brian Woobank
Wish you were here. Brian Woobank sends home some fabulous postcards he took on his last trip to the fabled Katmai.
COVER / A true Katmai Beauty. © Barry & Cathy Beck